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HOLISTIC THERAPY-WHAT IS IT?

Updated: Oct 6, 2022



I get this question quite frequently, mostly when people ask me “what do I do for a living”? The term Holistic originates from the Greek word `Holos` which means `whole, firm or correct.


To get a real understanding of holistic therapies is to educate that Holistic therapists view the body as one. The mind, body, and soul. To treat the body than just induvial symptoms.


Holistic therapies are separated from conventional medicine which just treats and targets the issue, disease, or illness. The true aim of Holistic therapies is to help heal and prevent health issues from the induvial and to help them maintain their health and wellness journey in life. this could be by a one-off therapy or a course of therapies over a period of time.


MY EXPERIENCE OF HOLISTIC THERAPIES


Originally, I first started out and trained in Beauty Therapy. I always loved helping people and desired job satisfaction from an early age in life. I was once working in a holistic stress centre locally where I used to live some years ago, just carrying out manicures and pedicures for the clientele. The centre is a charity, so doctors referred patients that were suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and physical ailments such as back pain/injuries.


I saw people coming back time and time again to be treated for therapies such as Indian head massage, Reflexology, and other holistic therapies such as body massages. Even in the snow and rain, they queued up, just for the doors to be open for them to come in.


I was very impressed by this wellness provided and this made me curious to find out more. So, I decided to enrol on to Body and Spa Course. After I finished the course City and Guilds level 3. I open my own business part-time implementing some beauty therapy treatments but mostly holistic therapies In 2016.


I have now recently gained further higher education by graduating in 2021 in Salon and Spa Management Degree.


As soon as I open my first salon in a business centre, the outcome was a particularly good success. People started to come from all levels of society. To be introduced to the world of holistic therapies. This was a very exciting time for me and for the passers-by, who also were curious about these therapies.


Within my role as a Holistic therapist, I have treated and helped many people in restorative to their mental and physical health. From neck tension, back pain, shoulder discomfort, insomnia, stress, anxiety, and many other conditions. In many cases, medication is given to an induvial by their doctor without in some cases recommendations to a Holistic/Massage therapist.



WHAT ARE HOLISTIC THERAPIES?


Body Massage


Massage can be described as a `scientific method of manipulating the body tissues. Stimulating and relaxing. Practice from thousands of years ago. Ideal for aches, and tension within the body.



Aromatherapy Massage


Using preblended essential oils which are tailored to meet a client's specific need. Such as uplifting, balancing, or relaxing. The massage is lighter by using basic techniques such as effleurage and kneading stokes. Ideal for healing and promoting a sense of wellness.


Indian Head Massage


An Ayurvedic therapy which appropriate oils are used, such as traditional oils which is olive oil, almond oil, mustard seed oil, coconut oil and seamen oils Also alternative herbal oils such as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha on the upper back, neck, shoulders and scalp. This therapy can also be conducted without oils and over clothing. The tradition of this massage dates to India as a tradition of family and Indian women that believed it would keep their hair healthy. This therapy is ideal relaxation to the muscles, insomnia and improved sleep and relief from stress and anxiety hair and scalp conditions can be improved.


Hot stones Massage


This is not a recent or modern invention; it has been practised in the baths of ancient Rome. Its origins are from the far east Deeply relaxing technique because special stones are heated and applied to the body to help promote deep tissue healing and relaxation. Ideal for those with poor circulation and to unwind after sports and exercise.



Thai Massage


Thai massage has been practised in Thailand for thousands of years. The origin of Thai massage can be traced back to India. It is a Holistic Ayuderic therapy. This ancient healing massage rarely uses oils or lotions. The client remains clothed during the treatment. The therapy is carried out on the floor, on a mat or on a couch bed. The body is pulled, compressed, stretched and rocked in order to clear blocked energies.


Ayuvedic massage


This type of massage is based on pressure points and is a healing system. It originated in India up to 5,000 years ago. Created to rebalance the body and spirit. Quick massage stokes are applied also to the body to help with circulation. Focus is also on energy points. Herbal oils are used after consultation to determine whether the client is Vata, Pitta or kapha dosha type. These oils are tailored to the client's dosha type.



WHY IS HOLISTIC THERAPY IN DEMAND?


Because many people nowadays are seeking alternative therapies to help and benefit them from their health conditions. For example, Chiropractic is known to be effective in treating lower back pain.


I, as a Holistic Therapist, have treated many people with Neck, Shoulder, and upper/lower back pain. I have seen proven results by not just aiming at the issue itself. but by working and massaging the muscles and tissues affecting the whole surrounding area of the body as a whole can be very effective.


Also, I take into consideration the lifestyle of the Induvial and what do they do for a living that may also be the cause of pain or discomfort to the body. for instance, someone who is at the computer as part of their work, and do not take frequent breaks away from the computer and computer chair and not sitting correctly, can result in lower back pain and neck discomfort. This is the main problem I see with clients on a regular basis.


This type of case can lead to postural faults, which can lead a person to seek more specialist help, such as an Osteopath or Chiropractor. Which can be expensive.

There are many others that are called Holistic therapies. I would advise the reader to do their own research on them so see if they might also benefit from.


HEALTHY TIP


Want extra relaxation in between your massage treatment? Chamomile tea is well-known for its sedative effects. And can help with depression, anxiety, and sleep quality. Also, research has been made to suggest drinking Chamomile tea may help with digestive issues and the prevention of H. Pylori. Which can lead to stomach ulcers. And is known for soothing the stomach. * Please note Chamomile tea should not be taken as a replacement for any other medication prescribed*


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